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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Disabled Rail Worker Younger Than Spouse Subject to the Public Pension Offset

(Posted December 21, 2013)

Question 1086: My husband, a Rail worker with 36 years of service, but is only 58 years old. He is waiting for a decision from the RRB regarding his Disability. I am over 60 and close to my own retirement from the Federal government under the CSRS-Offset program. When is the soonest I can receive Railroad Retirement?

Answer: If you husband is granted a Disability Annuity, you will be eligible for a full Spouse Annuity when he reaches 60.

Because you are covered by the Civil Service Retirement System and your position is not covered by Social Security, your Tier 1 will be reduced by 2/3 of your Federal annuity.

Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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